Hair loss is a problem that dates back quite a bit. We nowadays have hair transplant doctors to cure hair loss for us but the earlier times not only had weird cures but also something that made people scratch their heads for a while. Let us discuss these cures to give you an idea about how things were, back in the day.
For instance, talking about Egyptians, they have permanently made their way into the history books one way or the other. Some of the cures they had for hair loss included, fat mixture from crocodile, hippopotamus, snake, ibex and tomcat along with boiling porcupine hair in water and applying to scalp for four days. You might have as well seen movies that show you Egyptians wearing wigs and fake beards, reflecting their concerns related to maintaining hirsuteness as well, which was in fact true.
Hippocrates was a Greek physician who was also known as the father of Western medicine. Born somewhere around 460 B.C. he had quite a number of cures for hair loss. He had suggested and prescribed using opium, horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot and spices to help stop the receding hairline. Even though it didn’t help anyone, but in 1995 the Duke University’s researchers agreed and confirmed that the procedure could indeed help with hair loss prevention.
Combovers and Laurel Wreaths
You might have heard about Julius Caesar and you are thinking what does he have to do with all this. However, let us inform you that Julius Caesar also had the same problem. When Julius started losing hair, he tried almost everything to hide the bald patches. When combovers were newly introduced, he had used it to cover his scalp with the help of thinning mane that was quite long in the back. When that did not work, his significant other, Cleopatra suggested home remedy of horse teeth, bear grease and ground-up mice. Moreover, even when that did not work, he chose to go ahead with using laurel wreath.
Toupees were once used to be donned by royals of 17th century such as King Louis XIII of France to hide his scalp that was balding. Later on, massive wigs that used to have curls along with white powder peppered gained quite popularity amongst both French and English nobles. Moreover, it had become a symbol of status for the colonists of America until the revolution of America.
It was not long when during the 19th century, the United States saw a growing number of Snake Oil “Salesmen”. These salesmen use to act as doctors and sell potions that would cure anything that ailed you. These potions were made for different purposes but some such as Seven Sutherland Sisters Hair Grower were specifically made to prevent and reverse hair loss.
Using hot sauce is your daily food was claimed to be a good cure for hair loss. It can be backed up by a single 2003 study capsaicin helped mice regrow hair quickly. For those who don’t know, capsaicin is an ingredient is chili pepper and hot sauce is made of chili. But for good or bad, there is no proof of it working on humans. Try it at your own risk. Even using it on your hair would tempt you ti taste it too which might not be good for your diet plan. A way better option is hair transplantation though.
Tea? Yes, you heard that right, tea. While tea acts as an excellent beverage for refreshing, who would not want it over their scalps? Therefore, during the 19th century in England, people who used to have hair loss and thinning problems would rub “cold Indian tea” and lemon hunks over their scalps.
The 20th Century had seen manufacturers trying hard to come up with solutions to tackle the most prevalent problem, which was hair loss. The invention that had caught the world’s eye was Thermocap device introduced in the 1920’s by Allied Merke Institute that required 15 minute sessions every day in order to stimulate hair bulbs, which sadly did not do anything to solve the problem. Keeping in mind these ancient remedies, hair restoration clinics nowadays offer something much better with positive results as well with less worrying factor, otherwise who would like curls peppered with white powder, right?